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OK2Ask: Using Social Media to Build Your PLN - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we know that the standard Professional Development (PD) offered...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we know that the standard Professional Development (PD) offered at our schools doesn't always meet our learning needs or learning style. It may be too general, focused on a school initiative, or simply focused on a productivity tool - like the gradebook. Additionally, the timing of the standard PD may not be optimal. Learn to find resources on your own timetable that will help you improve your craft as a teacher and meet your personal learning needs. Join this session and you'll never want for good PD again! Participants will: 1. Define Social Media and PLN; 2. Identify different categories/types of social media platforms; 3. Explore several social media tools; 4. Understand how to connect with other educators on social media platforms; and 5. Learn tips and tricks for honing your digital identity. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): PLN (2), professional development (119)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Use Google to Enhance the 4 C's (Creation, Communication, Collaboration & Critica - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover hidden treasures in Google apps and tools to elevate instruction...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover hidden treasures in Google apps and tools to elevate instruction and explore the 4C's in refreshing ways for both students and teachers. Use Google beyond powerful searching to help build 21st century skills. Through the use of simple tools, students develop their Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking skills. In this session you will find many examples of using Google tools and will have an opportunity to play with some of these. Come prepared with an already created Google account and an installed Chrome browser and uncover treasures such as Google Cultural Institute, Google Trends, Google Earth Engine, Google Public Data Explorer, Maps/Tour Builder, Ngram Viewer, Google Groups/Hangouts, Google Keep, Google Draw, and more. Participants will: 1. Explore ways to incorporate the 4 C's into instruction; 2. Identify Google tools that can be used to develop the 4 C's; 3. Explore two or more web based tools and resources to support the 4 C's; and 4. Plan a project that uses a Google tool or app for creativity, communication, collaboration, or critical thinking. This session is appropriate for teachers at the Intermediate technology comfort level.

tag(s): collaboration (2), creativity (108), critical thinking (93)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Differentiating the K-8 Classroom - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Untangle the web of differentiation with the help of Tomlinson's model....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Untangle the web of differentiation with the help of Tomlinson's model. Explore the pedagogy behind differentiation and find tools to enable you to meet the needs of your students. Learn the definition behind differentiation, find various combinations to differentiate by interest, readiness, and more. Explore technology tools to use to easily differentiate in various content areas. Begin to develop a plan that fits your individual needs.Participants will: 1. Understand the meaning of differentiation; 2. Explore Tomlinson's model of differentiation; 3. Find tools to differentiate in content areas; and 4. Create a plan for differentiation in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (47)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Amp Up Collaboration - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools for collaboration with peers and students. Discover...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools for collaboration with peers and students. Discover the differences between collaboration and group work. Discuss and learn ways to foster collaboration in the classroom. Share with peers the positives of collaboration and strategies for encouraging participants when faced with difficulties. Begin to develop a collaborative activity for your individual needs. Participants will: 1. Understand the difference between collaboration and group work; 2. Compare/Contrast three online tools for collaboration; 3. Explore three online tools for collaboration; and 4. Participate in a collaborative activity. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (2)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Technology Integration Made Easy with Voicethread - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn to use VoiceThread in your classroom. Need to have students create...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn to use VoiceThread in your classroom. Need to have students create a project to demonstrate comprehension? Want to allow your class to continue an important conversation after class is dismissed for the day? Can you make formative assessment less foreboding? You can use VoiceThread for all of this and more. Learn to easily add a layer of interaction in your class that increases student engagement. Join us for this session and your students will thank you! Please Note: It would be best to attend this session on a computer. iPad users attending this session should download the VoiceThread app prior to the session. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of the VoiceThread tool; 2. Explore three different ways to use VoiceThreads in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of VoiceThread in the classroom This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (129)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Mapping Across Content Areas with Google Maps - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you ever used Google Maps to find directions? Sure you have! However,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you ever used Google Maps to find directions? Sure you have! However, there are so many more things you can do with it, even in the classroom. Learn how to make lit trips, tour famous buildings, create scavenger hunts using coordinates and so much more. In this session, educators will be taken on a journey through the world of Google Maps. This session is appropriate for teachers at Intermediate to advanced technology levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the difference between Google Maps and My Maps; Discover how to make literacy trips in My Maps; Explore Google Map gallery; Create a map; and Plan a way to incorporate maps into an upcoming lesson.

tag(s): maps (284)

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Understand how to create a Google My Maps and use all the many built-in features of the traditional Google Maps and related map tools and treks to support classroom instruction. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Getting Started with Twitter - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. If you've ever wondered what all of the fuss is about twitter, then this...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. If you've ever wondered what all of the fuss is about twitter, then this session is for you! Join us as we explore how this social media tool can be used professionally by teachers. We will demystify twitter jargon and help you learn to filter your feed in order to see the potential for your personalized professional development. This session will cover twitter basics and get you on the path to join the conversations happening between educators all over the twitterverse. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Understand how twitter can be used for professional development; Create/Update their twitter account; Find/Follow 10 accounts; Learn the "anatomy" of a tweet; and Learn tools to help filter twitter feeds.

tag(s): PLN (2), social media (21)

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Learn how to use twitter and take the steps towards expanding your PLN (personalized learning network). View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Ways to Put Content in Digital Storytelling - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Once upon a time, teachers wanted to make content meaningful and relevant...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Once upon a time, teachers wanted to make content meaningful and relevant to their students' lives...Come to this TeachersFirst Ok2Ask webinar and see digital storytelling as a formative, summative, and effective way to learn content. Learn how to successfully implement a digital storytelling project in your science, social studies, health, or other content area classes. Choose one of the programs we will feature, and follow a few steps to successful implementation. Make a sample project showing your students what you would like them to achieve. After attending, you will be armed with a sample and resources to to start tomorrow... And all of the teachers who followed the path to digital storytelling experienced success and they and their students lived happily ever after. This session is appropriate for teachers at Intermediate to Advanced technology levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Discover ways to integrate digital storytelling into any content area; Understand steps for successful implementation of a digital storytelling project; Review resources for healthy digital citizenship; Explore three web based tools and resources to support digital storytelling; and Plan a project that integrates digital storytelling into science, social studies, or math curriculum.

tag(s): digital storytelling (129), multimedia (50)

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to incorporate digital storytelling in your classroom. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Game-Based Learning: The Quest for Classroom Success - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. The quest for classroom success begins with game-based learning. Learn tips,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. The quest for classroom success begins with game-based learning. Learn tips, techniques, and tools to challenge and engage students. Game-based learning is a dynamic strategy that offers tremendous potential for meaningful and enriching experiences in the classroom. Enjoy sandbox time in the session to explore the vast collection of resources to suit a multitude of learners. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will... (1) Learn about the difference between gamification and game-based learning; (2) Learn game-based learning techniques and tips; (3) Evaluate tools and resources for game-based learning; (4) Share ideas for using tools with other participants; and (5) Start a project using one of the given tools.

tag(s): game based learning (95)

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Explore the many resources and ideas from this session and engage your students with game-based learning activities. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Power Up Your Images - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online photo tools. Participants...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online photo tools. Participants will learn about the features of these three tools and then participate in a breakout session to learn more about the tool of their choosing. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will: (1) Learn about and compare 3 different tools for working with images; (2) Evaluate the uses for working with these tools in the classroom; (3) Share ideas for using tools with other participants; and (4) Start a project using one of the given tools.

tag(s): images (258)

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to use images in your classroom. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Easy Book Report Alternatives - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Tired of the giving students the same book report assignment? Want to...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Tired of the giving students the same book report assignment? Want to switch things up? Join us to look at a few quick and easy ways to gauge student comprehension. You'll have fun and your students will thank you. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): reading strategies (42)

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Learn about simple, fresh, and effective activities to inspire a love of reading and measure student comprehension. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here
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OK2Ask: Awesome Apps for Education from Google - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the myriad of apps that Google has to offer. We will explore...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the myriad of apps that Google has to offer. We will explore free apps that can be used in various content areas to accomplish multiple goals. Participants will have time to explore apps and discover ways they can be implemented into classrooms with students of all ages. This session is appropriate for teachers at intermediate to advanced technology levels.

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Understand how to find, install, and use Google apps to support classroom instruction and for personal productivity. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here
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OK2Ask: Innovation with Gamification Level Up your Learning! - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Gamification is an innovative way to transform classrooms. Learn how...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Gamification is an innovative way to transform classrooms. Learn how to maximize the students' learning potential by using game design and game elements in the classroom. Explore innovative resources and strategies to foster student engagement with gamification methods. This session is appropriate for teachers at Intermediate technology levels.

tag(s): game based learning (95), gamification (60)

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Engage your students and inspire your lessons by applying game principles and elements to non-game activities. These activities can be high-tech or low-tech. It is not about the tool as much as it is about the emphasis on game-like mechanics. Start small and become comfortable with the terminology and process. Choose some aspect of your classroom practice to gamify. You might choose to gamify components of professional development, classroom management, centers, entrance/exit slips, activities, or even whole units. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Ok2Ask Take the Common out of your Common Core ELA Standards - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast online tools. Tools shared include Class...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast online tools. Tools shared include Class Chatter, Throwww, EduBlog, and PBWorks. In addition to learning about these tools, discover many different applications for using in any classroom.

tag(s): blogs (85), commoncore (91), wikis (20)

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Inspire your lessons and find new ways to create and share writing with these tools in your classroom. Learn how to use blog and wiki tools for you and your students. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Ok2Ask TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast online tools. Tools shared include Remind,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast online tools. Tools shared include Remind, Simply Circle, AudioBoom, and Screencast-O-Matic. In addition to learning about these tools, discover many different applications for using in any classroom.

tag(s): social networking (104)

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Inspire your lessons and find new ways to communicate with these tools in your classroom. Learn how to use communication and sharing tools for you, your students, and parents. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Tools for Creating Timelines - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online timeline creators...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online timeline creators (Hstry, TimeToast, & Timeline). In addition to learning about specific tools, discover many different applications for using timelines in any classroom.

tag(s): timelines (63)

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to use timeline tools in your classroom. Encourage older students to create their own timelines, create timelines together with younger students to demonstrate progression in stories, historical events, or a timeline of your school year. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Technology Integration made Easy with AudioBoom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. AudioBoom has been compared to an audio version of YouTube. It is a social...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. AudioBoom has been compared to an audio version of YouTube. It is a social media platform that allows one to record, listen, and share audio files. In the classroom, AudioBoom can be used to support reading instruction, as formative assessment, or to assist with classroom management. Learn how AudioBoom can be used in your classroom through participation in this session! This session is for teachers at Intermediate technology levels.

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Become inspired with these new ways to use audio in your classroom. Collaborate with other teachers to incorporate AudioBoom into your lessons. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Tech Coaches: Tools to Get the Job Done - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. No matter what the job title, those who coach teachers all need strategies...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. No matter what the job title, those who coach teachers all need strategies and tools to maximize the effects of the work they do. In this session, we discuss tools to help create, curate, and circulate resources. Learn from other coaches as they share tools that work for them. This session is for teachers at all technology levels.

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Use selected solutions from this session and/or TeachersFirst's resources to suggest or model new strategies/resources in an upcoming coaching opportunity. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Terrific Tech Tools to Poll/Quiz,Organize, & Make Images Come to Life - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore and discover three terrific tech tools. Learn about the features...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore and discover three terrific tech tools. Learn about the features available on all tools and choose one for further exploration. Tools will be shared to poll and quiz students, organize yourself and your sites, and edit images. Participants voted on which tools would be shared. This session includes Kahoot, Symbaloo, and Spruce. Time is provided to create a project using one of the shared tools.

tag(s): images (258), organizational skills (115), polls and surveys (45)

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Gather ideas from this session to find some new tech tools to use in your classroom View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Resources for Energizing Your Math K-8 Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the resources of TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the resources of TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen the teaching of Common Core Math Standards in the classroom. View and explore new resources for lesson planning, student use, and collaboration with a focus on understanding and developing math concepts as well as the use of writing the math classroom.

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Explore the many resources and ideas from this session to enhance your math teaching practices. Take advantage of the many useful Common Core sites to find lessons for use in any classroom. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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